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    Highland Railway, Far North Line, micro models and dioramas, kit bashing and scratchbuilding in paper and card. Other interests include gardening, walking, reading and creating miniature textiles, embroidery, patchwork.

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  1. Like a number of us, I have a large model railway project in my workshop, but the occasional small project provides a welcome change. I have enjoyed the CakeBox Challenges over the last few years and still have a couple to complete this winter. However one thing I would like to focus on first is setting up my rolling roads for N gauge, 00 gauge and 0 gauge. I have a particular interest in the Scottish steam era of the 1940s/1950s, mainly the Highland Railway lines and Caledonian Railway. Having claimed three small timber plinths which my husband made to raise the height of his computer and keyboard and was about to discard, I have decided to create some changeable scenic backdrops with low relief features, perhaps even the occasional complete station model or building, as well. One plinth is 4ins x 24ins and two are 4ins x 12ins. These small ‘rolling road’ dioramas could also be used as a photographic backdrop. I plan to have the 00 track and N gauge track laid on one board, with the 0 gauge on a second. For the dual gauge rolling road, a platform would fit over the track not required. I still need to work out the logistics for these small dioramas, but would like to be able to store everything in one or two storage boxes. This would be an opportunity to make some fictitious dioramas using my collection of unassembled card kits and backdrops, as well as base others on real locations, building everything from scratch. I have the DCC Concepts Multi Gauge (00 & N) Rolling Road for 4 axles, and still to purchase the 0 gauge version.
  2. Lovely model making David! There is something very satisfying about creating models of the old stations! Marlyn
  3. Thanks, Andrew - will check it out. I have never walked the full Strathspey Way, but am familiar with the sections at Grantown, Advie, Dailuaine and Aberlour. Visited the old Grantown East Station a couple of years ago to check out the renovation there. Many happy childhood memories of hot summers by the River Spey, with the occasional sound of the trains passing through on the east and west lines. Marlyn
  4. Really enjoying your YouTube videos of Chandwell, Michael! Your explanation on how to design hipped roofs is so clear, well done! Back in the day (before the wonders of computer vector programs) I discovered the joy of making buildings from paper and card and found the compasses from my trusty school geometry set one of my favourite tools! Marlyn
  5. Hi Andrew, Just came across your excellent video when I was browsing YouTube. What a beautifully modelled layout and the details are so well observed. Coincidentally, some of my family from a couple of generations back lived in the cottages above the distillery at Dailuaine. A number of our menfolk had distillery connections in Strathspey, but most were tenant farmers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Like you, I also enjoy exploring the old Highland railway routes! Marlyn
  6. Sorry, in my post I seem to have managed to insert my comment into your quote, by mistake!
  7. I think there are a few of us with unfinished CakeBoxes from earlier challenges, as well as others with an idea yet to materialise! Even if there are no more CakeBox challenges we could still post personal progress on individual projects?
  8. Congratulations Ben! A wonderful model and a well deserved winner! It has been a really enjoyable challenge, working ‘virtually’ alongside so many talented model makers!
  9. Didn’t manage to complete the tartan detailing on my figures, in time for the submission. I have tried to emulate two family tartans ‘Hunting Stewart’ from my first kilt and ‘Macdonald’ from my grandmother’s folks. The laird’s kilt detail was hampered a bit by the sharp folds in the model and even my finest brush struggled! Grandma Giles’ brolly and her specs were created from fine wire (with the addition of tissue and clay for the brolly).
  10. Some of these old books on scratch building are very interesting. I can also recommend John H. Ahern’s book ‘Miniature Building Construction’. I bought my copy some years ago from the Pendon Museum shop, but second hand copies are available through Abebooks.
  11. As I have managed to finish my entry for the 2021 Challenge, think I should return to my unfinished models and complete this one, for starters! Now where did I put the locomotives?
  12. Well it’s been my usual last minute dash... figures still need more detail, but the model has now been submitted into the ‘Challenge’. I was trying to add a few more ‘Emett’ features... some ‘spear-topped’ railings made from wire and paper triangles, and there is a clay mouse and bird lying around somewhere. As this has been my first model, after being tied up for most of 2020, I have discovered many small pots of paints need replacing and my workshop needs a good tidy. It’s been good fun following the progress of all the amazing models. NB. The two chimneys, one on the station halt and one on the locomotive, have extension pieces, which are removable and enable the model to fit neatly inside the cake box.
  13. Train is as complete as it can be! Couple of things drying for the scenery, text written, photos to finalise then ready to submit! Like the locomotive, the carriage is made from paper, cereal box card and grey card, with the details drawn up on the computer and printed out onto matt photo paper. The chassis is made from card with two sets of Hornby 00 plastic carriage wheels. Buffers are drawing pins set into clay-filled sections of drinking straw.
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